Hamburg City Council met at a special time last Thursday and approved several votes related to area fire departments.
Council voted to lease city property adjacent to the rural waterworks facility to Milo Fire Department, which will allow that department to build a fire station.
Keith said the lease will restrict the use of the property to the construction of a fire station, and any use that would impair the operations of the rural water district would result in the termination of the lease, which is for $1 a year for 99 years.
“They will keep (the property) clean,” Weindorf said. “It is a win-win for them as well as us. It is taking care of your neighbors. We are going to help them and they will help us.”
The council also voted to amend the city ordinance governing the size of Hamburg’s volunteer fire department. Following the vote, the department may have 25 members.
Weindorf said the decision to expand the size of the department was made because city officials feel like it is going to be needed.
The council also amended the ordinance to allow volunteer members who are employed by other fire departments. The ordinance will still restrict members to being volunteer firefighters at Hamburg alone.
Weindorf said that once the city completes the new fire station, it will seek to have the Hamburg ISO rating re-evaluated, which he said could affect insurance rates by 10 to 12 percent if the city can drop another two points.
“It can also help the surrounding areas, because they feed off our of our city rating,” Weindorf said. “I think one of our best assets to the city is our volunteer fire department. Our public safety is at a level I am very proud of.”
Weindorf announced that the city’s softball and baseball programs will be starting in April.
“We will have softball and baseball this year; it is just starting late,” he said.